40 GoodLifeFamilyMag.com NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 goodDEEDS Teaching Philanthropy to Kids Starts at Home Iam fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of two amaz- ing organizations that allow me to spend quality time with each of my children while teaching them about the importance of philanthropy. My 16-year-old son and I belong to a local chapter of the Young Mens Service League YMSL. Two Plano mothers who had a vision for an organization in which moms and their high school aged sons could work together to assist those in need within their community started YMSL in 2001. YMSL is now a national or- ganization with a Board of Directors that governs and promotes the expansion of YMSL chapters throughout the United States. The mission statement of YMSL is to assist serve and support those who are in need in our community develop leadership skills among our membership and promote mother son relation- ships. YMSL is a four-year program beginning in the boys 9th grade year. My son and I are in our third year of membership in YMSL and have had the privilege to meet and work with people from all walks of life. We have enjoyed spending time cooking for and feeding the homeless helping out at Special Olympics swimming and softball practices building a fence for a play area at a family resource center volunteering after school at the Boys and Girls Club just to name a few of our experiences. In addition to the philanthropic element of the organization the boys have several meetings throughout the year where they learn how to run an official meeting according to rules of order. The meetings often include guests who speak to the boys on an array of topics such as managing personal finance the risks of impaired driving acquiring life skills such as how to change a tire do laundry and prepare simple meals for themselves and the dangers of using Performance Enhanced Drugs. YMSL members have served over 100000 community service hours since the organization was formed in 2001. My14-year-olddaughterandIarealsoinourthirdyearofmem- bership of a local chapter of the National Charity League NCL. NCL was established in 1925 in Los Angeles and incorporated in 1958. It has since been one of the nations most distinctive and well-respected mother-daugh- ter organizations. This program has over 55000 members mothers and their daughters in grades 7 through 12 in 23 states throughout the country. The mission of NCL is to foster mother-daughter relation- ships in a philanthropic organiza- tion committed to community ser- vice leadership development and cultural experiences. by Melissa Chaiken Section Editor YMSL members have served over 100000 community service hours since the organization was formed in 2001. THE CORE VALUES OF NCL ARE Honoring the mother- daughter bond by together learning growing and modeling responsibility and graciousness Empowering young women with the skills and confidence to lead Nurturing through mentorship Inspiring a legacy of social awareness and compassion Providing depth of support in local communities Integrity and excellence in everything they do IsabellaChaikenBethanyKulaSydneyGrayCarlyNealandLoganMeadevolunteeringatRonaldMcDonald House.